Emailed Question: Paranormal Places I’ve Visited

Babyland in Indian Springs Cemetery, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Angel Headstone in New Orleans Cemetery
Angel Headstone in New Orleans Cemetery

A few weeks ago I received an email from a reader stating she is interested in paranormal places to visit. I’m not an expert on the topic but do enjoy a good ghost story or two. Following is a short list of places, primarily in Florida, where I have participated on a ghost tour or did something related to the paranormal world. Hyperlinks either provide a review or my personal experience along with additional information on the particular destination and/or business.

Amelia Island, Fla.: I don’t have just one recommendation but there are multiple opportunities for ghostly encounters, or at the very least, some spirited tales.

Cassadaga Hotel (L) and Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Visitors Center (R)
Cassadaga Hotel (L) and Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Visitors Center (R)

Cassadaga, Fla.: Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp – Established in 1894, this is the oldest active religious community in the Southeastern United States. The camp is home to several mediums and psychics where visitors can arrive the same day and meet with one. Stop at the Camp’s visitor center to select a medium or psychic. According to many, there’s been some pretty funky things happening throughout the camp and the nearby Cassadaga Hotel.

Ghost Tours of Gatlinburg
Ghost Tours of Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg, Tenn.:  Ghost Tours of Gatlinburg–  This tour was okay but I have been on better tours. Maybe the guide was new or maybe Gatlinburg doesn’t have an interestingly spooky past. It was a nice walking tour through the city and to a cemetery on a hillside.

Monticello, Fla.: Big Bend Ghost Trackers – In 2003 ABC News named Monticello the South’s Most Haunted Town for a high concentration of ghosts and paranormal activity. The 1872 John Denham House Bed and Breakfast and Monticello Opera House are believed to be haunted. Big Bend Ghost Trackers offers walking tours of downtown Monticello primarily around Halloween. Book early if interested, tours fill up.

Voodoo Museum in New Orleans
Voodoo Museum in New Orleans

New Orleans, La.: New Orleans Spirit Tours – Take a voodoo walking tour during the day to checkout a Voodoo spiritual temple and Marie Laveau’s tomb or venture into the city on your own to find the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. New Orleans Spirit Tours offers a host of other tours including ghost tours in the evening.

Punta Gorda, Fla.: Historic Ghost Tours of Punta Gorda – Ghost tours through a cemetery and through downtown Punta Gorda are offered throughout the year. Learn the history of this Southwest Florida community as well as chilling and fun ghost tales.

Cemetery Grave in Punta Gorda, Florida
Grave in Punta Gorda, Florida, Cemetery

St. Augustine, Fla.: – I don’t have one specific recommendation for a ghost tour in St. Augustine, I have enjoyed several walks and trolley tours. I understand there’s spooky bout tour, too.

Savannah, Ga.: Sixth Sense Savannah Tours – Join a guide on a spooky walk through the most haunted American City. I took the midnight walk and let me just say, it’s pretty spooky hearing eerie stories late at night when not much is around. And I swear my camera picked up some paranormal activity. Big lesson learned, never accept anything from the devil at the crossroads!

Savannah Cemetery
Savannah Cemetery

Tallahassee, Fla. – I’m not aware of any specific public ghost tours in Tallahassee but one of the coolest things I did when living there was spend an evening with a Tallahassee paranormal group called S.I.T.E. Not sure if the paranormal investigative team is still together but it’s a night I’ll never forget. It involved spending time in a forgotten cemetery and I experienced things I would have not believed unless I had seen them.

Hope this short list of where I have traveled is useful and I would love to hear of other great places for ghost tours, paranormal experiences or spooky encounters.

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Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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